6.2.19 Ensure no duplicate group names exist (Scored)

Level 1 - Server
Level 1 - Workstation 

Although the groupadd program will not let you create a duplicate group name, it is possible for an administrator to manually edit the /etc/group file and change the group name.

If a group is assigned a duplicate group name, it will create and have access to files with the first GID for that group in /etc/group. Effectively, the GID is shared, which is a security problem.

Run the following script and verify no results are returned:

cat /etc/group | cut -f1 -d":" | sort -n | uniq -c | while read x ; do
  [ -z "${x}" ] && break 
  set - $x 
  if [ $1 -gt 1 ]; then
    gids=`gawk -F: '($1 == n) { print $3 }' n=$2 /etc/group | xargs` 
    echo "Duplicate Group Name ($2): ${gids}" 

Based on the results of the audit script, establish unique names for the user groups. File group ownerships will automatically reflect the change as long as the groups have unique GIDs.

  • ubuntu1604/6/2/19.txt
  • Last modified: 2017/05/04 15:06
  • by Piotr K┼éoczewski